The South African Border War - Enter the Ratel

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The word Ratel is the Afrikaans name for the honey badger, but it was applied to the Infantry Fighting Vehicle introduces into the Angolan conflict by the South Africans in 1977.

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The Ratel came in a number of variants and was designed specifically for Southern African conditions.

The Ratel 20

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The rapid fire of high explosive and armour piercing tungsten carbide rounds proved capable of taking out the Soviet T-34 Tank.

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The Ratel-60 and Ratel-90.

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These had 60 and 90 mm breach loaders and often had to contend with Angolan T-34 and T-54/55 tanks which outranged them. Successes against these tanks were mainly due to larger numbers and much higher maneuverability and visibility, especially in the high dense bush of Southern Angola.

The higher profile of the IFV made it a larger target but the increased sight was a definite advantage over the soviet made tanks.

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The Ratel ZT3.

This was specifically designed for Tank killing at longer ranges and open areas with its launcher for lazer guided anti tank missiles.


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Below is a video of various Ratels in action along with other South African developed armaments in mock battle.

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interesting story...

honey badger doesn't give a shit!

Wow... I think I can share my game of world war II tanks? You gave me Idea. Because I think people will like the history of the TANKS that they use during WORLD WAR II...

Will you do a reportage on the genocide against white people which currently taking place in South Africa?

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The more advanced civilization, the more sophisticated also the combat device.. as well as the Tank

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Wish there is a world without Warheads. Then Money can be spent to eradicate poverty and hunger.

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hopefully....

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@gavvet the honey badger is freaking cute
the other ratels .. hmmmm

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Good thoughts

It's my first time to know what Ratel is. Are u a soldier and deployed in Africa?

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I have to admit, I had no idea what a Ratel was before I read your article! Thanks for giving me some extra knowledge!

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Me too, very interesting thanks for the information,

Pretty sick machine. Love the video!

Ratels used versus tanks to great effect in the Battle on the Lomba river. I remember them saying it might take a couple of hits to take out a tank, but they were more maneuvrable and had better trained crews.

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Thanks gavvet, how often did a Ratel actually ever come into confrontation with a Soviet tank and a shoot out take place?

Those armor piercing tungsten carbide rounds do the damage. Even in a 50 BMG with those rounds, the core doesn't even deform. At most it will crack into a few pieces, but not deform.

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Wars are never good :(

interesting thanks for info.

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I agree with you, "Ratel" is an example of a fairly successful wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, developed taking into account economic and geographical conditions. The hulls of the machines are welded from steel armor plates with a thickness of 6 to 20 mm. The frontal parts are installed with a rational slope and protected from armor-piercing bullets of caliber 12.7 mm, circular protection is provided from 7, b2-mm bullets and shell fragments. The design of the bottom and the wheeled propulsor provides increased anti-mine resistance, which in South Africa is given special importance, taking into account the predominantly partisan nature of military conflicts and the need for action along the roads. Thank you @gavvet. Let others know about your post UpVoted & ReSteemed

Thanks for the great post. I absolutely love these machines and has personally driven with them various times at Roodewal Bombing Range in Polokwane (South Africa) and Overberg Test Range at African's most Southern point. They are still in commission in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

We build our decision support systems into them since they are very mobile and, of course, rugged. I must admit, it is not great sitting in them for work since they are super cramped inside and get very warm in the African sun.

I've often dreamt of using them in Cape Town traffic though... just not slowing down when another slow moving vehicle pushes in front of me. I am sure I won't be able to afford the diesel though. ;)

The troops told me that these Ratels can simply drive over trenches in the ground of several meters, because of how well balanced they are! Does anyone here know the actual spec's for the clearance?

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Looks like it could get pretty hot yeah!

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Ja, dit raakbaie warm daar binne. Gelukkig het ek altyd by die toring uitgestaan. :)

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Nice... good move smart thinking...

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How do they not build a/c systems in these combat vehicles ?

Very nice post friend 👌. thanks for sharing

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Thankyou for sharing @gavvet

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The further developed human advancement, the more refined likewise the battle gadget.. and also the Tank

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Always good to see something about South Africa.

Those amours are really great, but I think each day there is an increasing activities of show casing ones war heads and tank which get me scared and thinking if actually ther are preparing for war or planning to have one, example North Korea and iran are doing theirs and now it is South Africa. hmmmmm... also the increasing activities of terrorism is another factor that gets me scared also...just wish we can have an everlasting peace in the world... but a wise man said that peace is only for the dead because that is when you don't have or get any trouble from any one.
Just airing my views.

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I wonder what is the machines doing these days? Thx for sharing.

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That's pretty kickass I didn't even know we head such cool military machinery in South Africa 🇿🇦 those don't look like vehicles you would wanna come across if you where the enemy opponent 💥 Really cool post upvoted 🤙🏻🤙🏻

@gavvet - Oh my goodness, your country made this war machine Sir? According to the video it has huge gun power Sir. :O I think this Ratels are more faster than a tank Sir. Love your article Sir. <3 :*

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Beautifully explained about Ratel .Many people dindn't know about it

good work and worth full information
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If u don't mind buddy, please post the comparison and vs between ww1 and ww2.
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major threats to world are arising due to the clash of civilizations and cultures. This tripole global politics is a hurdle against peace

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“Ratel”, the African Bush Fighter :) nice article @gavvet

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War is becoming a norm in our society, we can only ask God to save us every day

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War at any cost is not subtitle for the sake of humanity. The Armour can be used for a free ride :) Very well Done @gavvet Learned a lot from this Post.

@gavvet,
Those "Ratels" are outstanding gun fire beasts! That's why my country decided to buy this outstanding fighting machine to war against terrorism. And also we bought few other great military weapons from SA too! Actually this is a great invention! Thanks for sharing such great article with us!

Cheers~

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Those are some serious pieces of equipment.love the post...

Thankyou for sharing @gavvet

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Nice post

Amazing posting

This tank looks so strong, @gavvet. Thanks for sharing this interesting post. I have just upvoted it!

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I always love to know history of various countries. Thanks for sharing.

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wow, incredible power from the tank, this is the most reliable war tool.

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Very good post about war, very cute Ratel (Mellivora capens)

Mine(s) thank God it is not ours,.. or is it our as well,... Maybe Yes, at the end we are all effected an within the conflicts,.. in a certain way we are involved, so it is "mine" as well,... Start feeling a shame for the involvement,..

But what a nice animal (the first pic) honestly saying; never saw that before !

The Ratel is a good invention from South Africa.So powerful , I didn't know its fire could take out a soviet T-34 tank. Does South Africa still produce them ?

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Tolerancia se necesita mas tolerancia

I don't want to think what kind of war will be if the president Trump will continue to "teasing" Kim John Un (I hope I spell it correctly).
Two Ego maniacs try to show one to each other who's got a bigger balls.
I hope this kind of war will stay as a nightmare and not came true.

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Thanks for sharing this post. I have not listened about this before

THis is very informative. Keep sharing :)

nice post

South Africa's war has killed a lot of people. Your post is very good.

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Very nice

news , very nice post and interesting.
resteem , good job @gavvet

the war brought senses to the people of south African a good lesson though

So does this " Ratels" mean that it can hurt a tank? SO lost lol

The more advanced civilization, the more sophisticated also the combat device.. as well as the Tank

Oh my goodness @gavvet... 😲
I think Ratel-90 is very powerful armor..
What ever terrorism should defeat totally..
Thanks for the video..
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Hahahhahahahah, guess the rep of the Honey Badger as an epitome of total badassery isn't a new thing. Ratel, huh? Interesting!

so sad all theese years..........

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Interesting!

The tanks shoulld be designed now to wwithstand rpg's and mines.

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honey badger salah satu hewan yang paling tidak tahu kapan untuk menyerah. aku rasa Ratel 60 adalah salah satu mesin terbaik yang dimiliki afrikans

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Good luck!!

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Maaan this ratel is a big beast!

This is awesome!

wowww fantastis..

@Gavvet I don't know what is ratel before and now Iknow what is ratel And how it's work thanks for your great explanation .

War is war! you know what i mean lives are lost, but common!! Ratel is a good ride

An interesting post, I did not know these things

It is really scary. They are fighting for nothing! just killing each other! Peace talk is better.

War, war and war..i hate war because war only produce victims and and most of victims are innocent people though some of them are terrorist. Children who live under pressure caused by war Will have low IQ and then then they Will be terrorist and terrorist.... What

Powerful war machines

I despair when I look at this! Compared to what he had, this country has really lost the plot. I maintain that South-Africa could be a very powerful global contender but no, corruption seems more important....

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very good post
interesting

Nice post @gavvet. honey badger is amazing

Interesting.

Thank for sharing , friend

Knew about the war against Angola where the South African regime supported the UNITA and Cuba supported the Angola Government, but knew little about the Ratels, will read your other articles to know more.

Thanks for sharing this post.

Thanks for the useful information.

very interesting and I like this post and thank you for sharing

In which world are we living...

Thanks for sharing the post.

Powerful war machines dedicated to protecting the Republic of South Africa!

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Hey great article, would love to collab on a similar one but based in northern rhodesia.

that is very powerfull tanks@gavvet....

Make Love, not war!🌼

Ai lekker man. Om te dink ek het 'n bestuurslisensie gahad vir 'n Ratel. :)

I remember these - had a toy one as a kid, absolutely loved it!